UK orthodontist is the first dentist to ski to both Poles

02 January 2020
1 min read

The money raised will be donated to fund the Tessa-Jowell Brain-Matrix, a first-of-its-kind clinical trial that will enable doctors to treat brain tumours with drugs which are more targeted than ever before. The Brain-Matrix is inspired by Dame Tessa Jowell who lost her life to a brain tumour in 2018.  

One of the team of ten is Neil Counihan, an orthodontist and stem cell entrepreneur, who has already trekked to the North Pole with the same leadership team. Their incredible journey to the southernmost point on Earth involves a long and strenuous 60 nautical mile trek (69 mi/111 km), across one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet, to reach the most southerly point on Earth. This will be an expedition in the most remote part of Antarctica, where physiological altitude will be close to 10,000 feet (3350m) for many days in a row, and temperatures may drop below -40°F / -40°C, with severe wind chill and storms. On a previous North Pole trek Neil’s dental skill were called upon when two of the participants’ teeth ‘exploded’ as a result of the extreme cold!                                                                              

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